December 13, 2015

Sex Trafficking Survivor Helps Others Get Free

The inspiration: The story is based on the life of Jennifer Kempton from Columbus, Ohio, who was sold by her boyfriend to a dope gang and spent six years in sexual slavery.

[From article]
A new music video is telling the story of a woman who became a victim of sex trafficking in order to bring awareness to not just the emotional scars, but the physical ones that are left on women who have been sold into sexual slavery.
Jennifer Kempton, from Columbus, Ohio, was sold to a dope gang as a young woman for drugs and money by a man she believed was the love of her life. She was branded with a tattoo, used and abused, but now, as a free woman, her story is serving as inspiration for others as the subject of a heart-wrenching video by British Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Scott McFarnon.
The video for his latest release Crazy Heart, directed by Floyd Russ, begins with a shocking statistic: 'Every 30 seconds another person becomes a victim of human trafficking'.
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Based on Jennifer's true story, which actors recreate for the video, the beginning of the four-minute clip shows a woman in an abusive relationship, being beat down in the street by her lover and frequently getting high on drugs.
On her neck, she has a tattoo bearing the words: 'Property of Jarred'.
Next, the boyfriend takes 'Jennifer' to a house where they meet two men, one of whom hands him a wad of bills as the woman looks on, confused.
As the lover moves to leave, the woman follows, but is instead snatched up by the man who, it seems, has just bought her.
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She is drugged and thrown down onto a thin foam pad before receiving yet another tattoo brand, this time on her stomach.
The following scenes show the young woman selling herself on the street to men in cars, being thrown against a fence by a customer in an alleyway, crying in a darkened room and frantically rubbing drugs into her gums.
For Jennifer, it was six years before she found her freedom and, when she finally forced her way out of the life of brutal violence and abuse that she had been trapped in for so long, one of the first things she did was to walk into a tattoo parlor to have the branding on her neck - the name of the gang who enslaved her, 'King Munch' - changed into flower.
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'And after enduring this, being raped and beaten and abused, and after getting clean of my addiction, every time I took a shower or tried to look at my body I was reminded of the violence and exploitation I’d suffered,' she added, saying that the sight of them flung her into depression.
'You begin to wonder whether you’ll ever be anything but the person those tattoos say you are.'
According to 36-year-old Scott, the idea for the video came after a discussion about tattoos and 'the current trends around them'.
'We came across the fact that tattoos can be devastating for people and are frequently used to brand victims of human trafficking and we decided that it was important to bring attention to the amazing work Jennifer is doing in Ohio,' he said.
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That work is Survivor's Ink, the charity that Jennifer later founded, which aims to help survivors of sex trafficking obtain cover-up tattoos to replace their slave branding.
'This is a very tough subject, but if we can educate people through music then I hope we can make a small difference. I wanted to help Jennifer raise awareness for what she is doing – Survivor's Ink is a grass-roots charity that is in great need of support,' Scott added.

Grammy nominee's heart-wrenching music video spotlights the horrific real-life story of a woman who was sold to sex traffickers by her BOYFRIEND and turned to prostitution
Scott McFarnon's new music video tells the story of Jennifer Kempton, a Columbus, Ohio, woman sold into sexual slavery by her boyfriend
In his video, actors portray some of the most shocking aspects of Jennifer's story, including the brutal violence and abuse she suffered
Jennifer now runs the Survivor's Ink charity, which helps victims of sex trafficking receive cover-up tattoos used by abusers to brand them
PUBLISHED: 15:21 EST, 27 November 2015 | UPDATED: 16:50 EST, 27 November 2015

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